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As the looming COVID-19 mental health crisis becomes a reality, a Kelowna mental health advisor is sounding the alarm for misdiagnosing fear as fear.

“The difference is that they are deeply depressed,” Arthur Rowshan told Global News about the people who suffer from anxiety.

“These are people who believe that there is nothing they can do to change their future, they are absolutely certain that they are doomed,” added Rowshan.

According to Rowshan, this feeling of hopelessness combined with a sense of resignation is a hallmark of those who suffer from fear as opposed to fear.

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“Most of the cases we find with nurses, nurses who work in the intensive care unit,” Rowshan said.

This phenomenon resulted in a high rate of burnout among nurses in BC during the pandemic.

“They suffered from fear because they saw that there was nothing they could do,” said Rowshan.

“Patients die, people do not pay attention to physical distance or do not wear a mask”[s] and they were just hopeless “


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For this reason, integrating adequate mental health services into our overall health care system in BC is critical to the BC Psychological Association, or BCPA

“Just like medical care, we need exactly the same type of training and providers who specialize in mental and behavioral health at all levels,” said Dr. Lesley Lutes from the BCPA.

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“To improve patient health and well-being, relieve pain and suffering, and save lives,” added Lutes.

To achieve this, Lutes and the BC Psychological Association work hand in hand with the state government.


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“There are no additional costs involved in integrating mental and behavioral health into the existing health system,” said Lutes.

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